Meet our new pastor!

Your pastor search team is excited to report that on Sunday, March 8, at a special called business meeting, the members of Hyland Heights Baptist Church voted 99% affirmative to call Dr. Josh Carter to serve as the next Senior Pastor of our church.

updates and prayer requests from our team

the pastor search team

  • Shawn Ames

    My wife and I joined the church in our first year of marriage in 1995. I currently serve the church as a deacon and by helping the 9th grade boys small group on Wednesday nights. I make a living by serving the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia as a Regional Missionary and Student Ministry Strategist. 

  • Jared Holley

    My beautiful wife, 2 precious daughters and I have called Hyland Heights home for 4 years. I serve as a deacon, in the O4H ministry, with the Men's Ministry, and help teach the Frontier Class. When not serving the Lord or with my family, I work as an Operations Manager with Genworth Financial.

  • Steve Isaacs

    I was saved at Hyland Heights as a teenager in 1973. The young lady who would later become my wife came with me to church and also became a Christian. After college we were married here. We have two children Travis and Rebecca. Jeannie and I teach fourth grade Sunday school and I work as an Awana leader. 

  • Carmen Kerr

    My husband and I have been member of HHBC since 1995. I am employed by the church as the nursery director and also teach preschool at Hyland Heights Child Development Center. I currently serve in our food pantry, leadership team, and as mentor in our Moms 2 Moms ministry. 

  • Brian Kidd

    I have been a member of HHBC for seventeen years. I’ve been married to my wife, Kristi, for seventeen years and we have one, thirteen-year-old daughter, Olivia. I serve as a deacon, as a member of the personnel committee, and also serve on the welcome center. I’m an independent software consultant.

  • Karen Neas

    I came to Christ at the age of 7 and have been at Hyland Heights for 23 years. I have worked with the children's ministry, VBS, choir, and Living Cross set productions. I currently serve in the Women's Ministry, teaching Wednesday evening Bible study and filling in for our REAL Life Group.

  • Gary Straw

    I have been a member of Hyland Heights for 14 years. I married my best friend Kathy and we have two children and one grandchild. I serve by teaching the Legacy class, as a deacon, on the leadership team, and as a drummer in the music ministry. I work at Framatome as a nuclear grade procurement buyer as well as process control. 

  • Brandon Waggoner

    My wife Heather and I have been attending HHBC for 7 years and have enjoyed raising our three children here. I am currently a Life group leader and have served as a deacon, children's Sunday school teacher, and have had the privilege to preach. I currently work as an instructor at Liberty University and am a PhD candidate in counseling.

  • Donna Witt

    My husband Dan and I joined the church as an engaged couple in 1985. We served as youth leaders until 2009. I currently serve in the Food Pantry and on the Missions Committee. I work for the City of Lynchburg as the Chief Financial Officer. 

The covenant

As a member of the pastor search committee of Hyland Heights Baptist Church, I gladly covenant to participate in the work of the committee according to the following agreements.

Covenant of Ethical Behavior

I agree to relate to each member in a manner consistent with the ethical standards characterized by Jesus Christ.


Covenant of Spiritual Preparation

I agree to make Bible study and prayer ongoing priorities in my life.


Covenant of Prayer

I agree to pray daily for each committee member and for the work of the church.


Covenant of Unity

I agree to work in unity, not regarding myself as of more value than others, “diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us” (Eph. 4:3).


Covenant of Honesty and Openness

I agree to be honest and open with others on the committee, always seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that the fruit of the Spirit identified in Galatians 5:22-23 will characterize my participation.

Covenant of Confidentiality

I agree to refrain from discussing with persons outside the committee, including members of my family, information shared in committee meetings unless the committee agrees to release information to other church members.


Covenant of Transparency

I agree to be prepared to give regular updates on the progress of the search team, once such information is approved for release outside the search committee.


Covenant of Faithfulness

I agree to remain faithful to the church and its ministries so that church members will have confidence in the committee and so that I can effectively and honestly interpret the work of the church to prospective pastors

being considered by the committee

Shawn Ames

Jared Holley

Steve Isaacs

Carmen Kerr

Brian Kidd

Karen Neas

Gary Straw

Brandon Waggoner

Donna Witt


Hyland Heights Baptist Church

11452 Wards Rd

Rustburg, VA 24588

Sundays, 9:30 & 10:55

(434) 821-6906


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